The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? (Matthew 10:24-25)
Jesus Christ went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). He preached an uncompromising truth. He stood against the religious leaders who wanted Him to conform to the religious system they had created. It was a system based upon status and pedigree. It was a system insulated by laws that guaranteed outsiders would remain outside. It was a system that “had a form of godliness but denied the power thereof.” They had religion without relationship. And Jesus Christ railed against it.
The religious leaders called Jesus Beelzebub, not just a devil but the chief of devils; they saw Him not as Christ but as antichrist. They pretended to love Him just long enough to find a way to destroy Him. Inwardly they hated Him and all He stood for. Fire would come from their nostrils after they tried to entrap Him and lost. Spiritual wisdom trumps earthly wisdom all day every day.
What do religious folk call you? Those with religion and no relationship, are you expecting them to call you friend? If you are seen as their friend somehow you have compromised the gospel. The sheep look to the shepherd but goats look out for themselves. The sheep love the shepherd but the goats buck and try to bite the shepherd. You have no friends among goats, only selfish people who are concerned about themselves.
If they hated Jesus Christ and they did, you will be no exception. Get used to pain; learn to suffer as Christ did because you cannot separate the sheep from the goats. You will not be popular with everyone but someone will love you back. God will see to that. Amen!